With my 93 year old father’s Glaucoma progressing, he had trouble operating his microwave, so we put little sticky backed (black) Velcro strips on the start button and door opener, as he only warmed cups of coffee, etc., that were pre-programmed for him. Thus, he only had to feel the Velcro, and was able to remember which dot meant which.
For his TV remote, all buttons were taped over, except for the on/off button and the channel changer. He always knew which was which in that area too, and it made all so nice for him, watching TV.
–submitted by Shirley
Tim says: I played a Tommy Dorsey song for Mom through my iTunes system over the phone the other day. Mom is 91. In no time at all she was tapping her foot in tune to the music and having a grand old time. She enjoyed it so much I decided to search the Net to see if I could find a senior’s-friendly MP3 player of some kind that I could load up with her favorite 30’s and 40’s music. (I have lots of 30’s and 40’s Big Band music.) Something with a simple charger, headphones, an on-off switch, preferably with a PLAY ME IN SHUFFLE-MODE ONLY button for hours and hours of uninterrupted senior bliss. None are available. In fact, modern technology has gone in the exact opposite direction… smaller units (1 x 3-inches ???). Yeah, right. I can really see Mom trying to fiddle with a 1 x 3″ remote control with her arthritis. Actually, I have enough difficulty fiddling with my much larger iPod classic.
Maybe I can somehow adapt Shirley’s Velcro idea, but it would be much better to find a unit made especially for seniors. Maybe a cassette-type recorder-player that would let me download songs directly from my computer. Any suggestions out there?
+ + + + +
Here is how to get extra mileage from a roll on deodorant such as Ban. Turn the container upside down when it starts to go dry. Keep it turned upside down every time you use it. You will be surprised how much is left in the bottle.
–submitted by Kathryn
Tim says: not sure if this is a “senior” tip or not. But if you want a real treat, put the upside-down deodorant right next to the ketchup in the fridge… [joke]
+ + + + +
I don’t think this is just a senior tip, it could apply to any age. At the super market or other stores where the carts have the baby straps, you can hook your purse strap with them and keep it safer. I carry a fanny pack that has a strap that opens, so if there is no baby strap I can still hook it with it’s own strap. If someone tries to snatch your purse, they will have a hard time as the cart will be attached. I’ve seen many women, with their purses in the baby compartment, walk away from their carts…..I could have stolen their purses right then. I always tell them my tip and most appreciate it.
–submitted by Nancy